Rachelle's Reading Lists
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I'm so excited for this year's MET Gala on Monday. The theme "Camp: Notes on Fashion," inspired by Susan Sontag's 1964 essay "Notes on Camp" is, I think, my favorite theme yet. The invitation describes the dress code as “studied triviality," and I can't wait to see what people come up with!
Susan Sontag. Photo credit: Jean-Regis Rouston/Roger Viollet/Getty Images.
Speaking of Susan Sontag, my husband and I were in a deep discussion last night on who the modern day "Sontag" is. I argued it could very well be near impossible to name her while we are still alive in the present cultural and proverbial fishbowl, and also that she might exist in a form outside of traditional writing. I even dared to guess she may be a "television" writer (though what do you call shows that you view solely on iPads?). ANYWAY. Anyone you can think of?
The art world has descended on NYC. If you are here and have a chance, head to up to Randall's Island to catch the annual Frieze Fair, or head to the TEFAF at the Armory, and the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Industria Studios in Chelsea. Or, if you really want to be a rebel, head to Brooklyn to check out the new "Object and Thing" fair - objects there are for sale that you might actually be able to afford!
Princess Charlotte turned four and Kensington Palace released three photos of the princess taken by her mum Kate. She is a SPITTING image of Queen Elizabeth - don't you think?!
These articles of everyday women's clothing, meticulously stored in the basement at Smith College, have more than a few stories to tell. This read was FASCINATING!
I am very much excited for season 2 of Fleabag to start! Phoebe Waller-Bridge is so so good. May 17th.
This exposé on a group of Sarah Lawrence college kids who fell under the sway of a roommate's father was a totally engrossing - albeit disturbing read.
A real croissant preserved in resin and turned into a lamp?! Be still my heart!
Lenny Kravitz's compound in Brazil sort of looks perfect (and exactly what I thought his compound would look like, no?):
Reminder: here's our work-in-progress sustainable shopping list 2019 shared excel! Here's ANOTHER shared excel that is hysterical and making the rounds.
If you, like me, are an at-home workout sort of person, you might find this guide helpful. I'm super curious about the Mirror.I love it when my worlds collide. I just found out that my friends over at Art Production Fund partnered with our BFF, artist Marco Brambilla, to present his video art "Nude Descending a Staircase No. 3" across all of the large-scale screens at Westfield World Trade Center and Westfield Century City:
“Nude Descending a Staircase No.2” is a rare case where an artist drew from a “new” technology (Eadweard Muybridge’s photographic time-studies) as an inspiration for a painting. By taking the original Duchamp painting back into the technological realm and adding the dimension of time, Brambilla aims to complete the circle and pay homage to the deconstructed image using a wholly contemporary visual language."
Finally, shout out to my dad! His birthday was yesterday (the 2nd), and he is just the very best guy on the planet. We are all so lucky to have him!